I wasn't about to let to the wacky weather deter me from using my crockpot!! Monday through Wednesday I am constantly on the go with classes and when I do finally get done with classes I am tired so I don't want to cook an elaborate meal. CROCKPOT TO THE RESCUE!! I've said it before and I shall say it again there really isn't anything better than coming back from a long day of classes and dinner is all ready to be served. Plus I get leftovers which is an added bonus-makes for easy meals on the go!!
- 3 boneless chicken breasts, cut into pieces (you can do this after it has cooked too since the meat will literally fall apart in the crockpot)
- 1 (14 oz) can of crushed tomatoes, go organic if you can there is no added sugar or sodium in the organic kinds, but be sure to check the ingredient listing too!!
- 1 bell pepper of your choice, sliced (it can be green, red, yellow or orange, it doesn't matter)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 cup mushroom, sliced
- 1/4 cup organic chicken broth (the original recipe called for red or white wine but chicken broth can be substituted and the flavor will not be affected)
- 1 tbs. tomato paste (OPTIONAL, I did not include this in my recipe but you can include it if you desire)
- 3/4 tsp. dried oregano (OPTIONAL, again I did not include this in my recipe)
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt or kosher salt substitute
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
I let my chicken cacciatore cook on low for just over six hours and it was perfectly done. The vegetables were wonderfully tender, the meat easily fell apart, and all the flavors had combined together completely. The second I walked into my apartment from class my mouth started watering because it smelt so good!!
You can serve chicken cacciatore over noodles, but I prefer to serve it over 1 cup of spaghetti squash. Look at my post about Spaghetti Squash for full directions on how to cut and cook a spaghetti squash.
To go along with my chicken cacciatore I cooked green beans, purchased from local farmers, and mixed in a pinch of garlic salt, and two tablespoons plus one teaspoon of slivered almonds, mix it all together and serve hot with chicken cacciatore!!
The very first picture in this post is what my chicken cacciatore looked like served over spaghetti squash. This is by far my favorite recipe I have revamped and recreated and I cannot wait to enjoy all my delicious left overs!! I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Monday!!